Saturday, 22 October 2011

Another passion

Anyone who has read my profile will see that another of my interests is knitting,so now the greenhouse is wrapped up for winter and the nights are drawing in the pins come out.So I thought I would share these socks with you that I have knitted for a friends grandson,he chose them himself!! They are knitted from the toe up-you normally knit socks downwards,they are a Turkish design and have a different pattern on the front and back.I have had a lovely note from him saying he loves them and I loved knitting them so we are all happy.What is everyone else doing along with a bit of gardening still of course?

The dog kept coming in with what looked like red paint on his back -which was puzzling all of us as we dont have anything red.Then the other day I was clearing up underneath the Phytolacca americana(pokeweed) when lo and behold I came out covered in what looked like red paint!This is an amazing plant as it has the most lovely pinkish white flowers from May-June time then these amazing berries this time of year.The one concern is it is very poisnous,now Fletch does not tend to go around the garden eating things but we were a bit worried he would start licking it off his coat.As he likes to lie underneath the plants in this part of the garden I have cut all the berries from low down on one side of the plant.I am sure it will thank me next year and end up growing even more.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Lovely suprises

Ok so frost is forcast for most of us this week,I say good-I think this year has been so good in so many ways as alot of things got a proper rest for a change.Dont get me wrong along with most I have really enjoyed this lovely Indian summer,I sat in the garden in my tee-shirt eating fruit sald-I cant believe the size of the second flush of strawberries this year,my last melon,apples,pears,raspberries and all fresh absolutley bliss.
I picked all my remaining tomatoes and made another batch of pasta sauce-ok so I wont have a years supply as we made in Italy but have managed to make 8 jars which I am very proud of.
I have quite a few roses which are still flowering,Golden showers has been flowering since May,I only planted Orange Blush last year and this is its second flush this year,I am sure the scent is better now than earlier in the year or was it just that I was sat next to it eating my fruit salad that I was in this wonderful place thinking is it really october?
Anyway here are some wonderful photos of it sorry scent not attached!
 Just behind the rose I could hear a bee buzzing away obviously trying to make the most of the warmth and trying to stock up for what everyone is predicting to be a cold winter again.He was in this brilliant Aconitum carmichaelii wilsonii group'Spatlese'which with the fantastic low sunlight we have been having looks fantastic

My confused Crinum x powellii is flowering again ,but I think I am going to cut it today and have it in the house as it definetley wont like the cold ,so I think along with my papaver 'Pattys Plum' they will make there way into a vase.

I thought it also best to harvest my Butternut squash ,now last year I grew Avalon which I thought were plenty big enough,but seeing as I got some Harrier seed free I thought I would give it a try.Again I only grew 2 plants as I know they spread and fruit really well.WELL,all I can say I think they were pumpkins not squash!I have not got as many fruit as last year (8) where last year we had 16.But boy this is my biggest weighing in at 2.8kg and the smallest is 1.3kg.

Now we love butternut squash,but there are only 4 of us and with all the best will in the world we cant eat all of this in one go!We roast them in various ways and make soup but has anylone tried them in bread recipes?